ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic beats Casper Ruud to equal Roger Federer’s record 

ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic beats Casper Ruud to equal Roger Federer’s record 

Former world number one Novak Djokovic beat Casper Ruud for a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title.

The 35-year-old Serbian overcame his Norwegian opponent 7-5 6-3 in Turin on Sunday.

Victory for Djokovic within the season-ending occasion caps a year by which he was pressured to miss two majors due to his reluctance to take a Covid-19 vaccination.

He last gained an ATP Finals title in 2015 and has matched Roger Federer’s mark.

Djokovic took the most important pay cheque in tennis, price $4,740,300 (£3.985m), for going by way of the event unbeaten.

Having sealed the success with certainly one of 9 aces within the match, he said the seven-year anticipate the title made the triumph “even sweeter”.

“It feels deeply satisfying and, at the same time, a huge relief because of the circumstances that I have been through this year, situations earlier this year, of course, with Australia,” added Djokovic.

“That had an effect obviously on my start of the year. For the first several months, I was trying to find that balance game-wise but also mentally in order to be able to come back to the court and find that tennis level that I need.

“I don’t know what the future holds but I know that what I hold in my mind is a huge hunger still to win trophies.”

Ruud, 23, made two poor errors to hand the 21-time main winner the break within the first set.

Having gained the opener, Djokovic then took management and broke his opponent’s serve within the fourth game of the second set.

Ruud continued to battle and compelled the veteran right into a 36-shot penultimate rally, however Djokovic was stronger and closed out the match with a strong ace.

It marked one other remaining defeat for the Norwegian who was runner-up at both the French Open and US Open.

But Ruud said: “Overall, if you gave me the offer to end the year at number three, play the finals that I’ve played, on 1st January this year, I would probably sign the contract right away. No doubt about it.”

It was additionally a profitable day for Britain as Joe Salisbury gained the men’s doubles occasion with American accomplice Rajeev Ram.

The US Open men’s doubles champions beat Croatian pair Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.

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